Deuteronomy 6 and 10 (The Love of God) with Jon Levenson
Join us as Dr. Jon Levenson (Harvard Divinity School) talks to us about Deuteronomy 6 and 10. We discuss a number of things including: the content, translation, and importance of the Shema in Deuteronomy 6; the relationship between obedience, ritual, and love; the elaboration on and expansion of love in Deuteronomy 10; the relationship between the love and fear of God; and the detriments of a critical approach to biblical scholarship that excludes the love of its subject matter. Listen here.
This Week’s Blurbs
In this episode, Jon recommends reading these books by Erik Larson:
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. Vintage Books, 2003.
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Crown Publishers, 2015.
- William Moran, “The Ancient Near Eastern Background of the Love of God in Deuteronomy,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 25 (1963), 77–87.
- Rita Felski, The Limits of Critique. University of Chicago Press, 2015.
- Jon Levenson, The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism. Princeton University Press, 2016.
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